26Mar 26 March, 2017. 4th Sunday of Lent

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13

Samuel selects and anoints young David as future king of Israel

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill …

19Mar 19 March, 2017. 3rd Sunday of Lent

1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7

(God provides water for his people on their way through the wilderness. Help is never far from us).

The people thirsted for water; and they complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out …

12Mar 12 March, 2017. 2nd Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4

Abraham’s total obedience to God, prepared even to sacrifice Isaac

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I …

05Mar 5 March, 2017. 1st Sunday of Lent

Lent offers us time to reflect on our life as sharing in the life of Jesus and growing in the image of God. This includes an aspect of dying to self and of rising to God’s new life of grace

26Feb 26 Feb, 2017. 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:14-16

God loves us just as a woman loves the child of her womb

Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion …

19Feb 19 Feb, 2017. 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: We naturally resent those who do us wrong. But hatred, if nurtured, can come between us and God, whose ideal of perfection is mercy.

1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

God calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves

The …

12Feb 12 Feb, 2017. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: Using our freedom well.

It is not so much individual acts that can separate us from God, but our disorientated hearts, drawn to self-assertion and selfishness. Jesus insists that our conscience must go deeper than external deeds. The vital …

05Feb 05 Feb, 2017. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr

Salt and Light

Tyranny and oppression still flourish in many places abroad; and in less spectacular fashion closer to home. Unfairness and structural abuse often stare us in the face, such as long-term poverty, unemployment …

29Jan 29 Jan., 2017. 4th Sunday, Year A

Theme: The beatitudes are the basic Christian ideals for living, not a set of rules to avoid God’s punishment. They aim to raise our vision above the limits of self-interest and gain.

1st Reading: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13

I will leave

22Jan 22 January, 2017. 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr

1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3

Isaiah foretells a Saviour for the people who walked in darkness

In the former time God brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the …

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